And, as they say in Mexico

Próspero año nuevo!


The Twelve Grapes (SpLas doce uvas de la suerte, “The twelve grapes of luck”) is a Spanish tradition that dates back from at least 1895, but became established in 1909. In December of that year, when vine growers popularized this custom to better sell huge amounts of grapes from an excellent harvest.

The tradition consists of eating a grape with each strike of the bell at midnight of December 31.

According to the tradition, that leads to a year of prosperity. In some areas, it is believed that the tradition wards away witches and general evil, although this “magic” is treated like an old heritage, and in modern days it’s viewed as a cultural tradition to welcome the new year.

There are two main places where people gather to take the grapes. With family after dinner, or in the main squares around the country..



11 comments on “And, as they say in Mexico

  1. This is a tradition here in Spain as well and we have our grapes bought and ready for New Year´s Eve. I finished When the Sun was Mine and was blown away. It is so good, I didn´t want it to end. A great piece of writing. I posted reviews on Amazon, Kobo, Goodreads etc. Everyone should read it! All the best for 2016!!

    • Wow Darlene, thank you for the compliments on my book. I’m so glad you liked it. Yes, the grape tradition comes from Spain and I believe is practiced widely in Latin America. Happy New Year!

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